Domotics : FAQ

What is domotics?
Domotics deals with the automation of electrical and mechanical devices in a domestic environment: from lighting to heating, from hi-fi systems to video surveillance.
It aims to simplify some housework, to guarantee more safety for the people and to produce energy conservation, through an electrical system designed ad-hoc.
The domotic systems create a network of relations between the domestic devices. It is thanks to this integration that with a remote control or by pressing a button many functions can be managed and controlled simultaneously.
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How much does it cost?
Every project responds in a personalized way to the needs of the customers so the final amount can vary in base of many different parameters: security equipment requested, purpose of the intervention, furnishing needs, etc. Every project responds to specific needs and every estimate is the result of a sum of costs that are not quantifiable generically. However there are two fixed parameters to consider:

  • fixed costs: independent from the type of system to manage.
  • optional costs: depending on the type of electrical system that is to be installed.

If I install a domotic system, how much can I save compared to a traditional one?
In case the initial expense for the modern electrical systems is higher compared to the traditional ones, the investment will be fully recovered thanks to the savings on the light and gas bills, due to an efficient use of the energy resources.

Is it true that a domotic system avoids the future compliance costs?
 It is true. The domotics is different, compared to the traditional solution, thanks to the possibility to make changes without masonry. For example, it is possible to reprogram every lighting point and to assign them a different button without invasive interventions.
Moreover, the user can reprogram according to his needs every domestic scenario, adapting it to the needs of the moment without the intervention of the installer.
Furthermore the system is designed to allow progressive updates in time, following the life cycle of the building and the needs of its inhabitants. The possibility to add appliances without invasive interventions gives the chance to distribute the investment and, at the same time, to increase the value of the building.

What is the difference compared to the traditional solutions?
 The traditional systems are rigid, the modern electrical systems are flexible and allow the creation of a network of relations among many domestic devices and this helps to simplify the daily work and to drastically reduce waste, in terms of time and financial and natural resources.
Domotics is different compared to the traditional systems thanks to the great capability to integrate the domestic devices, putting them in communication, exploiting them fully and combining them in an efficient way.

Do I need to do specific masonry in order to install a domotic system?
Absolutely not. Domotics allows also the use of Wi-Fi technologies (wireless) to reduce the invasiveness of the masonry. If, instead, you would opt for cable solutions (with wires), domotics helps to considerably simplify the masonry, reducing the costs.

In which stage of the works is it advisable to arrange a domotic system?
Considering that domotics is a cross discipline that involves many aspects of the design of a house, it should be arranged as soon as possible, whether it is a building to be constructed or a renovation.

Is domotics only for domestic environments?
Absolutely not. The domotics applications are perfect for public administration, hotels, shopping malls, offices and even prestigious ships.
Domotics is the answer for environments that present high management complexities, needs of energy efficiency and a centralized security and management.

 What happens if the power goes off or in case of breakdown?
Every automation can be unblocked manually. Every device connected to the electricity network will react in the same way of the traditional systems.
In case of breakdown of a single domotic component, the distribution of the intelligence avoids the block of the entire system.
Every component, in fact, has an independent intelligence able to readdress the information flows in order not to interrupt the functioning of other devices. If the specific domotics functions should have a breakdown, the system can be managed in the traditional way, using the switches of the spot lighting.

 Can I switch from a traditional electrical system to a domotic one?
Yes, generally it is possible to convert a traditional system without many invasive interventions: the new electric and electronic components can be inserted in the control panel of any brand with no need of much masonry.

Load management: what does it mean?
The “Load management” system exploits the domotics distributed intelligence and allows to avoid situations of electric tension overcharge, cause of temporary domestic black-outs (due to too many household appliances working at the same time, for example). Moreover the “Load management” system helps in using efficiently the energy produced by an eventual photovoltaic system, starting the domestic devices in sequences aimed at achieving the utmost energy conservation (in the cheapest time slots, for example).

Is it true that domotics reduces electrosmog?
Yes the electric tension managed by domotics is twenty times less than the one used in the traditional system, producing a significant reduction of the electromagnetic pollution. The reduction is not only limited to the electrosmog phenomenon but to all energy costs.

 Can I manage my house even if I am away? How?
Yes, it is possible. Domotics allows the user to turn on the entire domotic system from a distant position, for example from your office or car, acting directly on every integrated device. This can be done through internet or sms.

Which are the advantages that domotics offers to a company and in particular the remote monitoring?
Domotics allows to manage from a single place lighting, climatisation, heating, video surveillance. This technology eliminates waste and inefficiencies, and, moreover, reduces the entrepreneurial risk: in case of fire or flooding, domotics intervenes to limit the risks and damages and warns you promptly. In any moment and wherever you are you can check if everything is in place, without moving.

Which are the domotics control devices?
 Electric switch: the simple light switch plays a radically different role compared to the past. Through the electric switch, all the scenarios or automations of the house can be managed, in a very flexible way.
Television remote control: the remote control can be used as a domotics remote monitoring, using a few buttons in an intuitive way. To this, a control through voice commands can also be associated.
Voice commands: a voice command function can be inserted in the television remote control. Small portal microphones are also available.
Touch screen (or pannel pc): are built-in personal computers with a touch sensitive screen.
Personal computer: workstation, notebook and netbook.
Smart phone, handheld and mobile phones: compact portable devices that can control the domotic system from distance through GPRS or GSM connections.

Is domotics difficult to use?
 Absolutely not! You do not need any specific knowledge or competencies. The domotic systems are simple, easy-to-use and intuitive; in fact many domotic aids are thought to help the elders and reduced mobility people.

What are the scenarios?
A scenario is a series of events linked together decided by the user, managed autonomously by the domotics and able to produce the expected results. The events that compose a scenario regard the activation of the domotics integrated systems: lights, automations, doors, windows, technical alarms, anti-theft system, audio and video devices, etc. The scenario can be started by the user or by a specific input, for example a beginning of flooding. The form of the scenario is decided by the user in base of his personal needs and this happens in a very flexible way, without the intervention of the installer technician.
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How can I start a scenario?
The starting mode of the scenarios can be several and very quick. The sequence of events that characterize the scenario can be started by simply pressing one of the house switches, through a touch screen (by lightly touching the screen), through the television remote control or through voice commands. The scenarios can be activated from distance, through an internet connection, using the personal computer, sending an SMS from the mobile phone or using internet from a smart phone.

Can I create my ideal conditions without the installer? How?
Domotics allows users to create personalized functioning scenarios that can be modified in any moment. The scenarios can be modified through the television remote control, or the touch screen.

Is it true that through domotic technology I can choose a different lighting setting in every room and even diffuse perfumes?
Yes, the modern electrical systems allow the creation of a specific atmosphere in every room, thanks to the lights and scents and even ambient music. Moreover, based on the moment, it is possible to choose the most suitable scenario, to welcome friends or for a relaxing night curled up with a good book.